Water heating is responsible for approximately 20 percent of an average home’s energy bills. With the new tankless water systems you need to consider the Gallons Per Minute (GPM) rating. This is basically how many gallons per minute you can get continuous hot water. It is also worth noting, that physics does come into play here and every time an additional faucet, dishwasher or washing machine is being operated this will have a detrimental effect on the water flow rate. If that scenario is a regular occurrence in your household, then it may be worth considering two separate heaters. Prior to speaking with our plumbing experts, consider your personal household usage. To give you a reference point, here are some examples of hot water appliances and their average usage.
||4.0 – 5.0 gpm
||2.5 – 4.0 gpm
||1.5 – 2.0 gpm
Due to the lack of a tank, the options now available for placement of your heater have drastically increased. Think about empty cupboards, or out of the way places where your heater can be installed, freeing up more valuable real estate. Once you have worked out where the heater will go this will assist you in choosing the most appropriate model. Our trained plumbers can also complete a site visit prior to installation, just to confirm the optimum location for both convenience and regulations. Also take into consideration the removal of the old tank, a service which our experienced and professional team will be happy to provide.
Tankless Hot Water Heater Warranty
A water heater is a significant financial investment, so it is worth checking the length of the warranty. It may well be a shrewd decision to purchase the water heater with the longest warranty; although the initial expenditure may be greater, the long term benefits and peace of mind will certainly compensate. In other words, aim to take the longest warranty you can possibly afford.
Rheem for example offers a twelve-year warranty.
If you were going out to purchase a car, most people would know about each manufacturer and their reputation. This can certainly influence your decision making process. But general knowledge of gas tankless water heater manufacturers is probably a lot more limited. Below are five manufacturers with a good reputation of reliability and performance. We only select the best hot water heater brands and we are fully qualified and licensed to install products from these manufacturers.
The Cost of Gas Tankless Hot Water Heaters
The initial cost of a gas tankless hot water heater can vary between $500 to $1,200, compared to $300 to $700 for the electric variant. Gas heaters are normally more expensive to install, and are subject to significantly more regulations.
If you need to run natural gas lines to your home, then that will be a significant cost. At that point, you might want to consider an alternative energy source such as propane or electricity.
Whilst nobody can predict the future, there is a strong belief that the cost of natural gas will drastically increase over the next couple of decades so this needs to be factored into the equation. As an example according to the US Energy Information Administration consumer electricity prices rose 12.8 percent between 1994 and 2005, whereas natural gas prices rose 114.5 percent in the same time period. Whilst historical data is no guarantee of the future changes, it is still worthy of consideration.
Maintaining Gas Tankless Hot Water Heaters
Because of the design of these units, due to the hard water that exists in north Texas, we recommend performing regular maintenance. More information can be found here. You can also contact us and ask us what other plumbing services we recommend for your home.